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Use the power of the Enneagram to become a more effective, capable leader The Enneagram at Work is the first book to harness the insight of the Enneagram to transform leadership in today's workplace. A veteran of the high-profile hospitality industry with two decades of experience working with the Enneagram, author Jim McPartlin has seen firsthand the way self-awareness ca Use the power of the Enneagram to become a more effective, capable leader The Enneagram at Work is the first book to harness the insight of the Enneagram to transform leadership in today's workplace. A veteran of the high-profile hospitality industry with two decades of experience working with the Enneagram, author Jim McPartlin has seen firsthand the way self-awareness can radically transform leadership, strengthen teams, and spark creative solutions. From giving and accepting criticism to fostering strong mentorships and managing conflict, The Enneagram at Work will give you invaluable tools for growing and thriving in your career. For the longtime Enneagram fan or those who are just learning to identify their type, The Enneagram at Work helps readers explore the full breadth of their type, becoming aware of their blindspots in the workplace and leaning into their strengths more fully. Each chapter includes actionable exercises and practices so that readers can move from learning to doing and apply their insights in the real world.


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Use the power of the Enneagram to become a more effective, capable leader The Enneagram at Work is the first book to harness the insight of the Enneagram to transform leadership in today's workplace. A veteran of the high-profile hospitality industry with two decades of experience working with the Enneagram, author Jim McPartlin has seen firsthand the way self-awareness ca Use the power of the Enneagram to become a more effective, capable leader The Enneagram at Work is the first book to harness the insight of the Enneagram to transform leadership in today's workplace. A veteran of the high-profile hospitality industry with two decades of experience working with the Enneagram, author Jim McPartlin has seen firsthand the way self-awareness can radically transform leadership, strengthen teams, and spark creative solutions. From giving and accepting criticism to fostering strong mentorships and managing conflict, The Enneagram at Work will give you invaluable tools for growing and thriving in your career. For the longtime Enneagram fan or those who are just learning to identify their type, The Enneagram at Work helps readers explore the full breadth of their type, becoming aware of their blindspots in the workplace and leaning into their strengths more fully. Each chapter includes actionable exercises and practices so that readers can move from learning to doing and apply their insights in the real world.

56 review for The Enneagram at Work: Unlocking the Power of Type to Lead and Succeed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: May 29, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.! I requested and recei Date reviewed/posted: May 29, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Use the power of the Enneagram to become a more effective, capable leader The Enneagram at Work is the first book to harness the insight of the Enneagram to transform leadership in today’s workplace. A veteran of the high-profile hospitality industry with two decades of experience working with the Enneagram, author Jim McPartlin has seen firsthand the way self-awareness can radically transform leadership, strengthen teams, and spark creative solutions. From giving and accepting criticism to fostering strong mentorships and managing conflict, The Enneagram at Work will give you invaluable tools for growing and thriving in your career. For the longtime Enneagram fan or those who are just learning to identify their type, The Enneagram at Work helps readers explore the full breadth of their type, becoming aware of their blind spots in the workplace and leaning into their strengths more fully. Each chapter includes actionable exercises and practices so that readers can move from learning to doing and apply their insights in the real world. I realize now why I do not get necessarily along with some of my coworkers and many of their clients - I am decidedly my enneagram and they theirs. (I will leave it at that and will enjoy working from home since my office was taken over by cases of "best before" food that the boss cannot get any client to eat they think that it is rotten the day it is "best before"... seriously! I have a bottle of ketchup that has been in my fridge for 10 years and it is still okay....!) I am also seriously my type of Myers-Brigg INTP which is only 3% of women so I am difficult to get along with ... lol. It is well written and been if you do not work in an office, it is fun to see what kind of enneagram you are and how to get along with others...perhaps my siblings should take the test so I can see if there is any chance of us getting along. Ever. If your workplace needs some leadership (or leadership that works....) or to get some co-staff that do not hate each other...especially if they are now back at work after a year++ of working from home...this is a great book to calm everyone TF down. I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🔬🔬🔬🔬🔬 (because personalities are a science, trust me!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    ”Incorporating the Enneagram as a mechanism for supporting and empowering your team transforms both you and the organization, with enduring impact.” The Enneagram at Work is an insightful and enlightening portrayal of how business leaders and managers can utilize their understanding of the enneagram to become more self-aware in their own roles, and to interact with their employees in more productive ways. ”The pattern awareness helped each member better understand how to approach one another, whic ”Incorporating the Enneagram as a mechanism for supporting and empowering your team transforms both you and the organization, with enduring impact.” The Enneagram at Work is an insightful and enlightening portrayal of how business leaders and managers can utilize their understanding of the enneagram to become more self-aware in their own roles, and to interact with their employees in more productive ways. ”The pattern awareness helped each member better understand how to approach one another, which buttons not to push, and how to bring out the best in each other and ourselves.” Jim McPartlin offers valuable advice on the importance of self-awareness, observation, feedback, and vision in leadership. I appreciated how his unique voice puts the enneagram into a professional context and invites leaders to lead their teams better by endeavoring to understand the people who work for them, and why they behave the way they do. ”Arming yourself with this knowledge allows you to anticipate the situation and practice your response ahead of time.” I most enjoyed McPartlin’s breakdowns of how each type gravitates to one of three “centers of intelligence,” how each type navigates failure, and how each type deals with conflict. I can see all of these sections being particularly helpful in the workplace! ”The goal is not eradicating conflict (that is an impossibility), but, rather, knowing how to successfully guide yourself or a group through it.” I noticed lots of name-dropping and personal anecdotes. These seemed designed to impress as much as to instruct, and did start to wear on me eventually, although this seems to be pretty typical in the self-improvement genre. ”The words we embrace and the stories we tell ourselves matter.” I would recommend this book for those who are already familiar with the enneagram and know their own types (and, preferably, their employees’ types) in advance. This is not a “let’s-take-a-quiz-to-discover-your-type” book; rather it is a “let’s-synthesize-what-you-know-with-these-actions-you-should-take” manual. With those expectations in check, it’s a handy guide! ”Learning to work consistently well with other people in a positive common endeavor is what collaboration is all about.” —— A huge thank you to Jim McPartlin, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! —— Follow @letteredlibrary on Instagram!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joy Matteson

    I thought this was a very well researched and story driven narrative on how to navigate the Enneagram at work. There are MANY books on the Enneagram by self styled coaches that have a lot of pop-psych references but little substance. Author Jim McPartlin studied under some highly respected and educated Enneagram teachers, including the late Dr. David Daniels and the late Helen Palmer. He knows his game. It's very corporate America heavy with his examples, but his self deprecating humor and an in I thought this was a very well researched and story driven narrative on how to navigate the Enneagram at work. There are MANY books on the Enneagram by self styled coaches that have a lot of pop-psych references but little substance. Author Jim McPartlin studied under some highly respected and educated Enneagram teachers, including the late Dr. David Daniels and the late Helen Palmer. He knows his game. It's very corporate America heavy with his examples, but his self deprecating humor and an intense amount of self awareness makes this a must read for Enneagram devotees. Some general leadership principles are scattered throughout the Enneagram types as well, making this an easy read for readers who enjoy business leadership podcasts. As someone who's read literally dozens of Enneagram books--this is towards the top of my list.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Bring My Books)

    Thank you to Edelweiss & St. Martin's Essentials for the opportunity to read and review this book before it's publication date! This in no way affected my review, opinions are my own. So this is going to be an interesting DNF review - I would actually recommend having a copy of this available to skim while not being actively interested in reading through the entire book. I found the enneagram in the summer of 2020 and have been hugely interested in it ever since, and have loved actively using it Thank you to Edelweiss & St. Martin's Essentials for the opportunity to read and review this book before it's publication date! This in no way affected my review, opinions are my own. So this is going to be an interesting DNF review - I would actually recommend having a copy of this available to skim while not being actively interested in reading through the entire book. I found the enneagram in the summer of 2020 and have been hugely interested in it ever since, and have loved actively using it as a tool to recognize where I can make improvements in my life. With this in mind, I thought a book specifically for utilizing the enneagram at work would be right up my alley! It's not that it wasn't, per se - but more so that not all of it was. There are a lot of personal anecdotes and/or case studies, and while those are helpful to show the author's knowledge and background, I was actually looking for a bit of a more textbook approach to how each type works best, and also how best to interact with other types to get the most out of that working relationship. Like I said, I will probably order a copy of this into our developmental library at work - but I think it will be a lot more tabbing certain portions for their use than offering it as a whole to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's for an ARC of this title. So, to start: amongst the various personality typing systems that are out there, I like the Enneagram. It starts from telling you that you are not just one specific box, but there are patterns you're more likely to fall into as a person. That's good! It's a great tool for personal development, catching yourself in bad habits, and generally trying to be a better person. Given its rising profile in the last few years, it doesn't surprise Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's for an ARC of this title. So, to start: amongst the various personality typing systems that are out there, I like the Enneagram. It starts from telling you that you are not just one specific box, but there are patterns you're more likely to fall into as a person. That's good! It's a great tool for personal development, catching yourself in bad habits, and generally trying to be a better person. Given its rising profile in the last few years, it doesn't surprise me that someone's tried to turn this into the type of business book your boss picks up at the airport, but WOW does this do you a disservice if it's the first book you read about the Enneagram. Do you like hotels? All of the author's examples are personal examples from their many years in the hotel industry, and on the whole, they're not the most universal examples. There's an attempt to try and bring examples of business leaders/celebrities in as examples as well, but most of those come off as the author name dropping a celebrity/business leader they met in the process of Doing Things As A Hotel Executive and don't really work, especially because the author is presuming that person matches the enneagram type they're talking about for a given example. I'd maybe give that a pass, but the enneagram content is also given a very corporate rebranding throughout. Literally - the various enneagram numbers have a few different common labels, but the book tries to give them new business-y names...that don't really stick. Every time a type is mentioned, its new Enneagram At Work name gets put in parentheses (like this). Seeing these alternate names pop up 17 times in the same paragraph makes things feel like a George Saunders story, not a manual for using these tools successfully. I'd maybe give this a pass too - okay, so it's trying to really sell the "business" angle of all of this, even if it needs to cram the Enneagram's round peg in a square hole to do it. Except that it's the blandest business advice that you could literally read in any other business book. I get what the authors are going for here, but there are better places to get both the Enneagram content AND the business content of the book. Frankly, if you're wondering how to use the Enneagram to succeed in business: know yourself. Read something like The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (and maybe pair it with The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships so you understand enneagram types in relationships, and maybe throw in The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth if you want more of a spiritual development angle. Know how you work best, and how you relate to others best, and then read books about business stuff/leadership (if you must) to fill in the rest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm super interested in enneagram stuff and have read a few books about the topic. This was a well-written take on the enneagram viewed through a work setting. It offers insight into how each type can work with their strengths to excel in the workplace (including working effectively as a leader, getting the most out of a mentor relationship, etc.). McPartlin writes this with tons of examples from his own career - it was helpful to see the suggestions in real-life situations. Because I'm the same I'm super interested in enneagram stuff and have read a few books about the topic. This was a well-written take on the enneagram viewed through a work setting. It offers insight into how each type can work with their strengths to excel in the workplace (including working effectively as a leader, getting the most out of a mentor relationship, etc.). McPartlin writes this with tons of examples from his own career - it was helpful to see the suggestions in real-life situations. Because I'm the same type as him, I think I got a great deal out of the book because I could relate so much to what he was describing. I'm not sure if other types would be able to connect as much to the examples given. I appreciated that this book had so many enneagram exercises to try out but I think it would be more helpful for people who work in more traditional work set-ups. As a freelance writer, I wouldn't be able to apply all of McPartlin's recommendations as easily as I could in more of a corporate setting. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about the enneagram and how their career might be affected by it. *Free ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Carrasco

    I am pretty new to Enneagram and thought I had an understanding of which type I was. However, after listening to this audiobook I am not really sure anymore and several kept feeling spot on over and over again. I really appreciated the way Jim explained many of the nuances of each enneagram type (along with how different scenarios may play out depending on the type). I felt that Jim gave clear examples and instructions on how to try and apply what you're learning to your every day work environme I am pretty new to Enneagram and thought I had an understanding of which type I was. However, after listening to this audiobook I am not really sure anymore and several kept feeling spot on over and over again. I really appreciated the way Jim explained many of the nuances of each enneagram type (along with how different scenarios may play out depending on the type). I felt that Jim gave clear examples and instructions on how to try and apply what you're learning to your every day work environment. Overall, I thought this was a good introduction to the Enneagram and I am interested to learn more and see how I can apply it. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    As Someone who is studying the Enneagram it was interesting to see how the author applied it in the business setting. That said, if you haven't read other books or studied the enneagram this likely isn't the book that you are seeking. Understanding the enneagram and applying the learnings is really more about our individual journey and understanding what is driving us and with that awareness we can choose different behaviors. To focus too much attention on someone else's type quickly can turn to As Someone who is studying the Enneagram it was interesting to see how the author applied it in the business setting. That said, if you haven't read other books or studied the enneagram this likely isn't the book that you are seeking. Understanding the enneagram and applying the learnings is really more about our individual journey and understanding what is driving us and with that awareness we can choose different behaviors. To focus too much attention on someone else's type quickly can turn to manipulation. The DISC tool is likely a better one on the workplace to foster good collaboration and communication. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Pinkley

    I think using the enneagram in the work place is a good idea, but I don’t agree when the author says you should try to guess what a person is based on a few questions. I think the enneagram is one of the better tools for learning what makes someone tick but should be one of many tools in a manager’s tool belt. This is a good book for a manager/leader of a workplace if they know what enneagram is & are willing to give their employees an assessment. Thanks to the publisher, author, & NetGalley for I think using the enneagram in the work place is a good idea, but I don’t agree when the author says you should try to guess what a person is based on a few questions. I think the enneagram is one of the better tools for learning what makes someone tick but should be one of many tools in a manager’s tool belt. This is a good book for a manager/leader of a workplace if they know what enneagram is & are willing to give their employees an assessment. Thanks to the publisher, author, & NetGalley for advanced copy in exchange for honest review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ada-Marie

    Thank you to NetGalley, Jim McPartlin, and St. Martin’s Essentials for the advance digital galley. This is a great reference book for the workplace. Because you can only be one enneagram type, some of the discussions of the other 8 types were skimmable. I also found many parts repetitive. I enjoyed the author’s stories from the hospitality industry maybe more than the enneagram information! #TheEnneagramatWork #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joan R.

    A clear and accessible intro to the complexities of the Enneagram system. Jim McPartlin has crafted a usable reference for leaders and managers that will greatly enhance their communication skills and insights into how different we are from each other. The Enneagram is a map and this book is a great guide.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    I was really hoping this book would go into more detail about specific enneagrams. It did some at the beginning, but it wasn't what I expected. I would have loved sections dedicated to each enneagram and talking about how they are in certain situations and how they relate to other types on work projects. This book was more stories with enneagram information than an enneagram textbook. I was really hoping this book would go into more detail about specific enneagrams. It did some at the beginning, but it wasn't what I expected. I would have loved sections dedicated to each enneagram and talking about how they are in certain situations and how they relate to other types on work projects. This book was more stories with enneagram information than an enneagram textbook.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joanie Block

    I'm generally not a fan of team building type exercises - organizational development books, going to conferences, self administered personality tests etc - I prefer to get to know my team through casual get togethers and time away from the office. Also, I find business books a bit on the dry side. That said, I loved this book!! A friend of mine suggested I read it, and I was immediately hooked. Jim McPartlin is so relatable ... while his experience is in the hospitality industry, his stories and I'm generally not a fan of team building type exercises - organizational development books, going to conferences, self administered personality tests etc - I prefer to get to know my team through casual get togethers and time away from the office. Also, I find business books a bit on the dry side. That said, I loved this book!! A friend of mine suggested I read it, and I was immediately hooked. Jim McPartlin is so relatable ... while his experience is in the hospitality industry, his stories and examples resonated with me as a non-profit exec with a background in both medical and K-12 education. While I will resist the urge to "number" everyone I work with, I am excited to incorporate the Enneagram principles in the work place. If you are an Org Development doubter like me, give this book a try - you will immediately love Jim. If not for the Enneagram, then because he started each day that he managed hotels with the housekeeping staff. That in and of itself speaks volumes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen

    I received an advance review copy from St. Martin's Essentials (St. Martin's Press) through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest. DNF @ 43% This is easy-to-follow and detailed, with tangible actionable exercises; however, it seems to have limited utility if you aren't actively trying to understand/ work with a colleague whose enneagram type you know or have guessed — which is not currently the case for me. Otherwise, it's a LOT of information to sift through, and I find the writing style I received an advance review copy from St. Martin's Essentials (St. Martin's Press) through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest. DNF @ 43% This is easy-to-follow and detailed, with tangible actionable exercises; however, it seems to have limited utility if you aren't actively trying to understand/ work with a colleague whose enneagram type you know or have guessed — which is not currently the case for me. Otherwise, it's a LOT of information to sift through, and I find the writing style somewhat patronizing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angie Flom

    Looking forward to reading this! Should contain some great insight on how to work with others in the workplace and at home. (Giving average rating now as I haven’t yet received. Will change once I receive and read book from publisher.)

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